The Bottom Line
23 year old Anton Zaslavski, better known simply as Zedd, rose to prominence in dance music circles with remixes of Skrillex's "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" and Lady Gaga's "Born This Way." Now, with a major label push behind him as an artist, Zedd has his first hit single with a little help from English singer Foxes. It is catchy, but unfortunately on the formulaic side.
- Skylar Grey's memorable lyric line
- Solid singing from Foxes
- Lack of personality
- Standard issue dance track
- Written by Anton Zaslavski, Matthew Koma, Holly Hafferman, and Porter Robinson
- Produced by Zedd
- Released February 2013 by Interscope
Guide Review - Zedd - "Clarity" featuring Foxes
The most compelling element of "Clarity" is the lyric line, "If our love's insanity, why are you my clarity?" Credit that line to co-songwriter Holly Hafferman, aka Skylar Grey. Unfortunately, the backing dance track doesn't hold up to the arresting quality of that line. "Clarity" kicks off with a keyboard line that slowly builds adding layered vocals and electronic effects to a rousing wordless chorus. The moment is exciting, but listeners will feel like they have heard most of this before.
"Clarity's" vocals are provided by rising English singer Foxes, aka Louisa Rose Allen. The 24 year old has released her own EP titled Warrior. The singing of Foxes is adequate to carry "Clarity," but again like the record itself it seems to lack in personality. The song would work well on the dance floor, but combined with other current hit songs on pop radio, it feels more like filler.
Zedd has a hit single on his hands with "Clarity" filling the pop radio dance music niche of the moment. However, it is difficult to identify a unique sound in this song. To rise above a mere faceless producer of competent dance tracks. Zedd's personality as a musician must come forward and provide the listeners with, well, some "Clarity."